Leeds City Councils Destiny Digital Pen & Paper (DP&P) project wins prestigious 2005 IT Excellence Award

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Destiny, a world leader in the delivery of Digital Pen and Paper (DP&P) technology, has announced that one of its key customers - Leeds City Council - has won the prestigious 2005 Local Government IT Excellence Award for its successful Social Services Home Care project that harnesses the power of DP&P technology. The project was one of the three short-listed finalists for the awards organised by Socitm the Society of IT Managers, and SOLACE the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers, and the award was presented at Socitms Annual Conference on 18th October.

Utilising the power of Destinys DP&P technology, Leeds City Council has transformed the way in which its Social Services Home Care service activity is recorded, stored and reported. Some 1,600 Leeds City Council Home Care workers are now being trained to use the Destiny solution that utilises Anoto Functionality. This sends their hand-written case notes directly back from clients homes to their office using a secure GPRS connection via their mobile phone. This information is then converted into text and immediately transferred to the Leeds City Council Social Services department central IT system, ensuring that individual case information is always up-to-date.

The Local Government IT Excellence Awards are all about showcasing best practice in local government, and celebrating how IT has been used both effectively and innovatively to deliver best value public services, commented Edward Belgeonne, CEO, Destiny Wireless. Leeds City Councils Home Care project makes an excellent winner as it has leveraged our innovative DP&P mobile technology to add significant value to existing processes. Its a solution that clearly shows the enormous potential of our DP&P technology in meeting the changing demands of local government, with Leeds City Council already targeting savings of some 1.2 million over the next two and a half years.

Were delighted to have won this prestigious award, particularly as its a reflection of the strong collaboration between Socitm and SOLACE, and is intended to reward the project that best uses technology to show a measurable and clear outcome, added Doug Sutherland, Corporate Business Relationship Manager at Leeds City Council. By delivering significant cost and process improvements, our Home Care DP&P project means we have been able to reduce the amount of time our Social Services staff spend on administration, and were now able to focus more resources on front line service provision.

Our success at this years Local Government IT Excellence Awards is also a strong acknowledgement of the important role that Anoto Functionality is set to play in delivering demonstrable outcomes and benefits for public sector organisations across the country, he continued. Weve already begun to attract substantial interest from other services including the Leeds Youth Offending Service as well as other councils, and were now looking at how Destinys DP&P technology could be applied in other parts of the council and across the public sector, he continued.

Organised by Socitm and SOLACE, the Local Government IT Excellence Awards are now in their tenth year, and seek to highlight the use of best practice in local government and how IT has been used both effectively and innovatively to deliver best value public services. This award follows Leeds City Councils recent recognition as a medallist in the BCS Presidents Award for 2005 which focused on the strategic implementation of mobile computing technologies. The Leeds City Council Destiny DP&P project was selected as a medallist thanks to its success in leveraging innovative DP&P technology to enable new ways of working.

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